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. >> protesters repeatedly disrupt the confirmation hearing of obama's nominee for cia director john brennan over his support for drones and the targeted killings of u.s. citizens. >> people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take, and the agony we go through to make sure we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> 8 codepink protesters are arrested. we will speak with the group's founder who after returning from pakistan to protest drones, personally went to the house of john brennan, not on the door. he invited her in. we will find out what they talked about. you also speak with jeremy scahill, author of the forthcoming book and movied andirty wars," and melvin goodman, author of, "national insecurity: the cost of american militarism." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. john brennan, president of and is picked to head the cia, defended the administration's controversial counterterrorism policies during his senate co
for cia director nominee john brennan. >> tough questions about drones. >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states. >> targeted killing by the cia is not just something they're allowed to do quietly on their own. >> with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i have been jerked around by every cia director. >> i love these groups that are criticizing us saying, well, they're fake conservatives. >> this newspaper article about karl rove's intentions is only serving to unite the tea party. >> you made some mistakes but everybody makes mistakes. >> sure. >> heard anything on nbc about the drones? >> not yet. >> tonight we have exclusive reporting on the contents of that white paper. joining us now is nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. ♪ >>> we start on a day where up to three feet of snow and winds nearing hurricane strength are expected to batter the northeast, and we'll have much more on that throughout the broadcast. but we begin in washington where we are awaiting the presid
think about that, bring you up to date. john brennan was grilled by members of the u.s. senate yesterday about drones. ron wyden, senator ron wyden from oregon will tell us all about that hearing. no sooner did ray lewis retire from the ravens than his sond signed up to play for the university of miami. we will talk to sports blogger cindy borin from the washington post. a lot to get to, as we say, and we will, but first, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is speaking at the armed forces farewell tribute today in honor of defense secretary lienon panetta. he will be at joint base myer henderson at 4:00 this afternoon. this is the formal goodbye for panetta stepping down from his position. yesterday, he testified over the attacks in benghazi where he revealed there was no advanced warning for those attacks. he said that factor plus the time and distance involved prevented the u.s. military from reaching the consulate before four ameri
drone program is this man, john brennan, a senior official at the cia and head of the national counterterrorism center during the bush presidency. reportedly, barack obama considered offering him the top job at the cia in 2008, but public opposition caused brennan to withdraw from consideration. obama kept brennan on as an adviser, and last year, when brennan became the first official to formally acknowledge that the drone program even existed, he again encountered protests. >> how many people are you willing to sacrifice? why are you lying to the american people and not saying how many innocents have been killed? >> thank you ma'am for expressing your views. we will have time for questions following the presentation. >> i speak out on behalf of tariq aziz. a 16-year-old in pakistan who was killed because he wanted to document the drone strikes. >> now, despite brennan's past notoriety, obama officially has nominated him to head the cia. this time, there's been little criticism of the decision. so, we'll watch brennan's upcoming confirmation hearings to see if any congressional
of waterboard and detention made their voices heard at yesterday's confirmation hearing for john brennan as cia director. >> they won't even tell congress what country we are killing children in. >> please -- >> senator feinstein. >> if you could please expedite the removal. >> more important than the children of pakistan and yemen? are they more important? do your job! >> the hearing serve as a public discussion of the most controversial counterterrorism policies that began under president george w. bush and, in part, have continued and expanded under president obama. brennan's defense of the secrecy surrounding the administration's most questionable program, targeted assassinations using drone aircraft, was as opaque as the program itself. >> what we need to do is optimize transparency on these issues, but at the same time optimize secrecy and the protection of our national security. i don't think that it's one or the other. it's trying to optimize both of them. >> some senators, including ron widen and angus king, pushed brennan to explain the legal at and justification for assassinating ame
. brennan targeted over drones. looking at some of the opinions coming in on the editorial pages of the newspapers. "usa today" -- that is of the newspaper's editorial board opinion. jumping down, it says -- the opposing view that "usa today" publishes to give a counterpoint says end the u.s. -- covert drone war. naureen shah at columbia's human-rights institute writes -- she points out the war is waged secretly because the pakistani and yemen government have the time feared their citizens would oppose open u.s. and all -- involvement. what do you think? what is more important, government secrecy or the public's right to know? let's hear from walter from butler, indiana. a republican. are you with us? last time for walter. caller: yes, ma'am. hello? thank you for taking my call. i appreciate it. i sit here and i remember president obama before he was mr. obama said water boarding is torture and terrible and we will raise and elevate the way we treat people. that different countries will respect us again. now he is turning around and not just water boarding them but telling americ
, senator what are you up to? he said i'm on a crusade. he said i'm on a tear. i'm out after john brennan. of course, the president's nominee to head the c.i.a. i said on what issue? he said on drones, of course. on drones. this is -- this guy is the architect of our whole drone policy. i told him. this is something that i've talked about on the show. i'm very concerned about the use of these drones. i'm torn about it but very concerned about it. and i said to him you know, i think this is an issue that's going to blow up in our face. he said you bet. we haven't seen a copy of it yet. he told me he was releasing a letter yesterday signed by -- i think he said 16 senators, republicans and democrats to the president saying we need the information on exactly what we're doing with these drones. what the policies are. what the guidelines are and who decides. now, this story has broken. all these questions about drones and now the justice department has just released a memo. it is a confidential memo, a copy of it has been obtained, story again just breaking this morning, a story -- the memo, c
hearing for john brennan, the president's nominee, a good man, to be the next director of the cia. and brennan is known at the whitehouse, among other things, former deputy at cia, for being the architect of america's drone policy. he is the one who decides when drones are used and who they are targeted and what american citizens might be targeted. this is bound to come up. several senators have already told me they are going to craze this question with john brennan and publicly said so. and just at the time they are preparing for this hearing this white paper, this was written by department of justice, for members of congress and sent to them last summer but for some reason, it never -- nobody ever leaked it until this week. we still don't know who leaked it. but this paper is pretty chilling. the paper is an unclassified document. so there is no breach of national security here and it's a department of justice explaining why they think the use of drones to kill american citizens on foreign soil is just justified justified. and they say it is -- it'
of discussion. >>brian: john brennan -- >>gretchen: i get that. but they killed al-alawaki three years ago now. i don't remember lawmakers making a humongous stink about this. some libertarians did. to me, it is two issues. is the president being hypocritical because he complained about george bush and his tactics with the war on terror? yes, but that is a separate issue from president obama is fighting the war on terror. are you against actually killing terrorists? yesterday ed henry from fox news grilled the president's spokesperson on that. >> why are you dancing around the question of whether or not we killed civilians? why can't the government admit that -- >> i don't think i'm dancing around it. i didn't dispute it. what i can't do or what i'm not -- i don't disagree with that. >> do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes he is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work, 25-year veteran at the c.i.a. to lead that agency. and as the president's top counterterrorism advisor these past four years, he has done extraordinary w
waiting for the nra after john brennan's testimony to say that everyone should have a drone. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] >> well, yeah. >> as long as you don't have the hell fire missile attached it to. >> stephanie: exactly. you can have a drone but not with a hell fire miser -- >> miser -- >> stephanie: it's friday, i'm -- >> drunk. >> stephanie: yes. nate in asheville you are on the "stephanie miller show." hi, nate. >> caller: hi stephanie thanks for taking my call. >> stephanie: yes, go ahead. >> caller: i wanted to ask or suggest, you know, why are we cutting people's throats and other social supports to attempt to balance the budget? it seems like the framing of the conversation is going that way, instead of cutting the military budget. why is nobody talking about that. >> stephanie: go ahead, jim. >> yeah, why should they go after entitlements when we have this huge bloated military budget. >> caller: $750 billion a year in ridiculous. >> stephanie: i don't even know why we're arguing about things the military doesn't even say it wants or needs. >> plus s
john pwrepb tpher -- brennan head of the c.i.a. administration. >>steve: if george bush was president and he had a program like this, democrats would be calling for george bush's impeachment. this would be a giant story every day in "the new york times." instead what you hear on the other side, crickets. there was a letter that came out yesterday. 11 senators wrote a letter to the president -- eight democrats and three republicans -- asking for questions. which is interesting, when you go back to 2007, there were 144 democrats who sent a letter to president bush to close gitmo over the torture. the hypocrisy is stunning. >>gretchen: they did come up at the press conference, jay carney, there were several reporters calling out the hypocrisy. at least they were asking questions about this issue. he had the same -- it's almost like he was reading a legal answer, because he read the same quote several times to the same question almost as if they parsed the words to make sure. because the aclu, quite frankly, is suing the government right now. the aclu usually agrees with this administrati
: john brennan will be on capitol hill tomorrow for his confirmation leading to head up the cia. what might lawmakers be asking him about the drone program? guest: i think you'll see some lawmakers. i don't think people will see a huge barrage of questions on this issue. up until now the interest in congress has been limited, but now we're seeing the media episcopal little more. you will see questions about this issue of what the legal safeguards are for u.s. citizens, how much? is required, a dozen u.s. citizen have to know the government is trying to get stomped -- how much proof is required, does the u.s. citizen have to know the government is trying to get them? it is 98% focused on foreign nationals believed to be allied with terrorist groups and not focused on u.s. citizens. there's a growing concern that the drone program in pakistan and yemen may be counteroffensive in the long term because of the backlash it produces in the local populace there and because of anti- american sentiment that it fuels. for the long term, that is probably a bigger question than these unusual circu
john brennan will head up to the hill today for his confirmation hearings. he is facing tough questions. some congressional committees had access to a memo in june but now that it has been made entirely public, it is raising all sorts of concerns about the ethics and legalalty of using force against americans overseas. and the senate intelligence committee sent brennan questions prior to today's hearings including how do they determine whether someone is affiliated with al-qaeda. and the president will go to virginia to talk about his second-term agenda. he spent time with senate democrats yesterday, and also worked on how to work out his priorities. and new york times reports that obama is giving back by planning to hit the campaign trail this coming year. already on the calendar at least 14 fund-raising events. we're back after the break. ♪ i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats ar
council brennan wasn't even involved in. this jimmy, that's the part i don't get. how the president could have walked away. i just don't get it. >> well, you're accusing the president of walking away. i for one i worked in the senate for almost seven years. i would like for the senate to have more hearings. bring every one of these folks in, put them all on a panel. clinton, panetta, dempsey. bring all of them in. do it again. >> they brought mrs. clinton in there. you had this hearing yesterday with panetta and dempsey. that's where this information came out. >> i will protect the senate's rights all day long when it comes to any executive branch whether it's obama, clinton, bush or the next person. i'm not -- my desire is not to protect t protect executive branch. i like congressional hearings. i also like nonhypocrisy. joel just called this a scandal, a conspiracy. there is no conspiracy here unless you say it's a conspiracy. if there is have more hearings. bring them all in. >> it's hard to have fruitful hearings with people who won't tell you the truth. >> you're right. we didn't hav
on this unprecedented overreach, constitutional overreach. >> well, i think some of it will come out in the brennan testimony, and that should be very, very interesting. i think we made the point yesterday that if this was happening in the bush administration, people would be going crazy especially in the sort of echo chamber. but i do think, when you think through the debate on this and the debate you and i would have on this, we would end up exactly where we are on the debate about torture. where we both end up evolving a little bit because we both love this country. we both want to respect the moral values that it's pinned upon, but we also both want our children to be safe. >> right. >> i mean, i think that the debate would sound the same. >> it's a balancing act. i am surprised -- and willie, let me bring you in here because we went through this a lot, talking about enhanced interrogation techniques. and pretty soon even sleep deprivation and things that are done to u.s. soldiers in basic training started being defined as torture. so i'm going to say enhanced interrogation techniques. i never
, -- iceland, cyprus. the report coincides with john brennan being questioned about the enhanced interrogation policies adopted by the george w. bush administration. eric cantor in remarks earlier today said the gop must explain why we are doing what we are doing, adding that the party needs to broaden their political appeal as part of a major policy address he is set to deliver today at the american enterprise institute. you can hear congressman cantor live on c-span radio or watching on c-span. >> julia loved her time in the white house. she says in her memoirs it was a bright and beautiful dream, the most wonderful time of my life. i think that gives you some idea of how much she enjoyed being first lady and how much she felt that her her husband had finally achieved the recognition that she -- he deserved. host: julia grant, who married her brother's west point roommate, ulysses s. grant. "first ladies" produced with the white house, season one begins february 18. >> "washington journal" continues. host: we want to welcome back scott garrett. let me begin with you where we began with our p
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